BARRIAS, Louis-Ernest

Paris 1841 - Paris 1905

Maker: Susse

La Nature se dévoilant devant la Science

Mysterious and Veiled Nature Reveals Herself Before Science


ivory, gilt and oxidized silver, malachite


Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 17 in.

signed: E Barrias
foundry mark: Susse Frères editeurs, Paris

Acc. No.: 71.444

Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1900

Photo credit: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

© Artist : public domain


  • Paris, Susse Frères
  • 1900, Baltimore, Henry Walters, by purchase
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest


  • Museum's website, May 22, 2013


  • 1996 Baltimore
    To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters, Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1996

    1998-1999 Baltimore
    Degas and the Little Dancer, Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1998-1999


  • Museum's website, May 22, 2013:
    Barrias, who was noted for his female allegorical figures, produced a nude version of this subject in white marble for the Faculty of Medicine at Bordeaux in 1893. Six years later, responding to the renewed interest in multicolored sculpture inspired by ancient Greek accounts, he exhibited at the Paris Salon such a statue of Nature that was partially draped. It was made of red and gold onyx, malachite, and lapis lazuli. This highly decorative, smaller replica of the 1899 statue was issued by the foundry Susse Frères the same year. A final version in white marble, made in 1902, was acquired by the École de Medicine in Paris.